Housing NZ to enhance properties

HANK SCHOUTEN
Last updated 09:05 18/06/2013
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INFILL HOUSING: Many state-house properties, like these in Auckland, will have new two-bedroom pre-fabricated homes built on their back sections and 2000 will have extensions added.

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Housing New Zealand has called for expressions of interest from building companies to design and build up to 500 new prefabricated homes and complete another 2000 home extensions during the next two years.

The state housing agency says it plans to invest about $380 million over the next two years to enhance its 69,000 properties.

Documentation on the Government Electronic Tender Service says the infill project will add 500 new two-bedroomed homes in the Auckland districts of Waitakere, North Shore and Manukau.

They will typically be built on back sections behind existing state houses.

It said there was strong demand from tenants for two-bedroomed homes. "This is a result of a shortage of supply and increasing demand for two-bedroomed properties, particularly for single people with caregivers, couples with children and solo parents.

"The home extension programme recognises that Housing New Zealand and particularly Auckland have an oversupply of three-bedroomed homes and a real shortage of larger ones.

"The project is designed to convert three-bedroomed houses into four and five bedroom homes.

"The initiative is expected to provide more than 2000 new state- house bedrooms to 2000 properties, with three-quarters of them in Auckland."

The initiative would be extended to Wellington and other cities where required.

Adding extra bedrooms with bathrooms to these properties would better meet tenants' needs.

Housing New Zealand said it was looking for builders experienced in factory-based manufacturing. It was requiring a large portion of construction work to be done off site, with the aim that on- site work should take a maximum of two weeks.

More efficient prefabrication or modular construction techniques should also be used to reduce waste and save time.

Companies shortlisted for the programmes will be selected on July 12. Requests for proposals will be evaluated in August and negotiations with a successful bidder are expected to be completed by August 30.

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- The Dominion Post

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